CMW 2013 Live Review — Yuichiro Tokuda’s RALYZZDIG
TOTAL SCORE: 9.8/10
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Who: Yuichiro Tokuda’s RALYZZDIG
From: Chiba, Japan
Where: The Courthouse – Toronto, ON
When: Friday March 22, 2013 — 11pm
Crowd: The crowd picked up significantly just moments before RALYDDDIG’s set.Â About 80 more people entered the room and The Courthouse looked half full for the first time that night.
Â Style: Modern Jazz – John Coltrane meets Mahavishnu Orchestra
Sex Appeal/image: A very polite and dignified group of Japanese Jazz wizards.
Memorable song/moment: “Nothing There” is the final track from Yuichiro’s latest album Crossing Colors.Â Â The song starts off with some intense John Mclaughlin style guitar fuzz from guitarist Naoto Suzuki which breaks into a melody that is doubled by Yuichiro.Â Â Â Â The crowd immediately took notice when Yuichiro Tokuda’s RALYZZDIG broke into this track.Â Â I heard someone yell “Ohhh YEAH!” and a few more in the back who were talking immediately stopped and turned their attention towards the stage.
Technicalities: Brilliant sound and lighting.
Comments: Yuichiro Tokuda and his band RALYZZDIG are professional musicians in every sense of the word.Â Yuichiro is a Berkley College Of Music graduate and each member of the team is a top notch world class performer. This is the dream team back up band for any producer or engineer.Â All of their songs are meticulously crafted, fine tuned and well rehearsed.Â Â Their tone and dynamics are second to none. In my 20 years of musical passion and studies I’ve rarely heard anything quite like it.Â Â Â Any modern Jazz fan who missed this band missed the best performance of the festival.
Review and photos by: Darrell Shelley
Darrell Shelley is a musician, sound engineer and Editor In Chief. He graduated with a diploma in Jazz Studies from St.Fx in 2003. He’s traveled, Europe, USA, Mexico, and Canada. He used to play in a band or two. As a sound engineer Darrell has worked with K-OS, Teenage Head, Rick Emmett, Bachman/Cummings, Donnie Wahlberg, YOB, Cascada, Down With Webster, Sons Of Otis, Broken Social Scene, The Philosoper Kings, Sugarland, and the late great Jeff Healey.